Mah Jongg is not just a game. It has become a part of my life that allows me to entertain my Mah Jongg-playing friends, cook great meals to serve to them and test my mental skills during our game play (which, hopefully, is often).
As the OMs get to the very last wall and the remaining tiles of the game – our
“Hot Wall” – we recite the following mantra (created by X): “Hot wall, hot wall, not that it means anything…” I always thought there were certain rules you were supposed to follow when the “hot wall” goes out in but in our table rules the OMs just treat it as a signal that the game will be over when the last tile from this wall is discarded. And so, I was surprised to read the following question and answer from Gladys Grad’smonthly column and particularly this sentence:
The NMJL and Standardized Official Tournament Rules do NOT use a hot wall or a cold wall.
Yesterday was Mah Jongg Wednesday and S2 hosted. We skipped getting together last week because everyone was out of town and it was so good to get back together – wow – skipping a week seems like we skipped months!! J is still in Europe and we all can’t wait to see her and catch up on her travels upon her return next week.
S2 prepared a beautiful lunch – as always – and the table was also beautifully set. We all enjoyed a wonderful poached salmon with a delicious cucumber sauce along with an Israeli cous cous salad. Dessert was a fabulous apple crisp but I was so busy enjoying it that I forgot to take a picture!
Today is Mah Jongg Wednesday for the OMs and it is my turn to host. I have a fun menu – Gazpacho, Steak Salad with Horseradish Dressing and Pickled Red Onions, and Triple Berry Pavlova for dessert – and we are going to celebrate K’s upcoming birthday. I know she loves gazpacho and so I made a huge batch of it yesterday (but forgot to take pictures while I was making it – and you should have seen my kitchen – chopped vegetables and the juice of the fresh tomatoes everywhere!). I like a chunky style gazpacho but you could use an immersion blender to make it really smooth if you prefer it that way.
Yesterday was our weekly game and this time it was J’s turn to host. I must still have been carrying some Happy Birthday luck because I had Mah Jongg three or four times. I always feel that it is a good day if I can declare Mah Jongg just once so this really was a red letter day for me!
After the Charleston on our first game my hand was already shaping up to be a NEWS hand. I had several Jokers and two Green Dragons so that felt safe but I had one Red Dragon and one Soap so it was going to be nothing more than a wild guess as to which Dragon to keep.
Yesterday was our weekly Mah Jongg game and this time it was K’s turn to host with Roxie greeting us as we came in. My hostess gift was for Roxie – an antler – which she seemed to truly appreciate. As always, it was a wonderful day of food and fun. The only thing missing from the day was S who is still in California – and it’s not the same without her!